WAFL: West Perth experience likely to return


Oscar Allen made his league debut for the Falcons against East Perth. 
Picture: Dan White
Oscar Allen made his league debut for the Falcons against East Perth. Picture: Dan White

IT’S good to have some positive news on the injury front for a change.

We were missing a lot of senior players against East Perth, but it’s looking as though we’ll welcome back Mark Hamilton, Michael Lourey, Andrew Strijk and Kody Manning against East Fremantle at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

Dean Munns played reserves against East Perth and could be chance to come into the senior side.

The Sharks are also welcoming back some players from injury and have proved dangerous this season when they get the formula right.

We are no longer in control of our own destiny when it comes to making the finals after losing to the Royals 21.13 (139) to 8.7 (55).

Even if we win the next three games, the Royals could also win their last three and we would likely finish sixth.

Our first quarter was very good against them at Arena Joondalup last Saturday, but the players struggled to cope when East Perth scored quickly in the second.

Not taking anything away from the Royals, who were fantastic, but we lacked experience and leadership, which showed in the loss.

It was pleasing to give Oscar Allen a league debut and he will be a fair chance to feature again this week, depending on the weather.

If it ends up being a wet game and Lourey and Hamilton return, we may not need too many tall players.

We were happy with his effort against East Perth.

He showed some terrific signs.

It would be unfair to play him for one game and then drop him.

So the only way he would lose his spot would be for team balance.

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